The second novel in the #1 Sunday Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series featuring the old (but far from past-it) team as they pursue a brand-new mystery.
It’s the following Thursday, and Elizabeth has just had a visit from a man she thought was dead. It’s (one of) her ex-husbands, and he’s being hunted. His story involves some diamonds, some spies, and a very angry mobster.
Elizabeth puts it down to his normal grandstanding, but then the bodies start piling up. So she enlists Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron in the hunt for the killer. If they find the diamonds – well, that’s just a bonus…
But this time the murderer isn’t some small-time criminal, and it soon becomes terrifyingly clear that they wouldn’t bat an eyelid at killing four septuagenarians. Can our team find the killer before the killer finds them?
Richard Osman captivated readers the world over last year with the release of The Thursday Murder Club, a charming and hilarious whodunnit that follows four crime-obsessed seniors on the hunt to catch a killer. It was a literary sensation, selling over a million copies and becoming the fastest-selling debut crime novel since Nielsen BookScan’s records began. Now, the quiz show host turned bestselling novelist is back with his highly anticipated sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, and it’s even better than the first.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron return for another round in The Man Who Died Twice, where they get tangled up with the likes of mobsters, drug dealers and the MI5. The stakes are certainly higher in this second instalment, as is the body count. The story moves along at a brisk pace with a clever, twisty mystery at its centre that will keep you guessing from start to end. It’s a fun, madcap ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I fell in love with each of these characters in The Thursday Murder Club so reading this felt like catching up with old friends. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron make for an unlikely yet brilliant gang of misfits, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them even better here. They’re fabulous, feisty, and not to be underestimated, each bringing their own unique skillset to the group. They’re also hilarious, and there’s plenty of witty banter, wild shenanigans, and laugh-out-loud moments to be enjoyed throughout.
Smart, funny, and unputdownable, The Man Who Died Twice is the perfect follow-up to The Thursday Murder Club, with captivating characters, an intriguing mystery, and plenty of heart. If lockdown has you feeling a little glum, do yourself a favour and pick up this book – it’s a cracking read.